The Nikon Eclipse E200 educational microscope – a cost-effective approach to producing successful images
According to Nikon, the infinity-corrected Eclipse E200 is intended primarily for pathology- and cytology-centred experiments and observations of cells and tissue samples in hospitals and laboratories. Yet the Eclipse E200 has also gained popularity as a student microscope since it features an optional stand for a second eyepiece tube intended for educational purposes and a drawing tube is available as well. The Eclipse E200 is quite favourably priced (used models come in at around € 600 and up), and its low-profile, lightweight design (base weight 7.3 kg) makes it especially suitable for hobby researchers and beginners.
The microscope’s optical system features Nikon’s acclaimed CFI-60 lenses, which offer the combined advantages of relatively large working distances and a high numerical aperture. In addition, its quadruple objective nosepiece is handy and rotates easily. The basic package includes the following plan-achromat objectives: 4x/0.1, 10x/0.25, 40x/0.65 and 100x/1.25. In addition, the Eclipse E200 is also available with a field diaphragm (Eclipse E200-F).
The Nikon Eclipse E200’s standard observation method is bright field. In addition, it can easily be upgraded to accommodate fluorescence applications (epi-fluorescence attachment), while dark field, phase contrast and polarisation are also possible.
A number of ergonomic design aspects make working with the Eclipse E200 particularly comfortable: a rotating binocular tube allows users to adjust not only the tube tilt angle (10º–30º) but also the eyepiece length. In addition, the eyepiece length can be extended by up to 40 mm, and up to two eye level risers can be mounted (2 x 25 mm). The low positioned coarse/fine focus controls ensure accurate focusing, and Nikon's refocussing mechanism is easy to use even for beginners: the low-profile stage can be pushed down with just one hand, which makes exchanging specimen slides or objectives particularly easy. As soon as the hand is removed, the stage returns to its original position.
Beyond the Eclipse E200’s standard 6 volt halogen lamp, Nikon also offers the new Eco LED fly-eye lens. This option guarantees uniform, energy-saving brightness throughout the entire 20 mm field of view.
The Eclipse E200 is designed to resist mould growth. Anti-mould paint combined with an anti-mould agent applied to heavily used areas makes it possible to work even in very humid conditions.
Where photomicrography is concerned, the Nikon Eclipse E200 offers several options, and using our LM digital adapters, digital cameras (DSLRs, mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount system, C-mount, USB and firewire cameras) can also be attached to the binocular tube.
The available trinocular tube makes it even easier to work with cameras.
In addition to the original Nikon DS-Fi2-L3 microscope camera with control display, almost any DSLR can be attached to the Eclipse E200 with the help of our tried and tested LM digital adapters.
Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), system or C-mount cameras is easy with our LM digital SLR adapters, which feature a plan achromatic optical system. Our products make it possible to capture top-quality microscope images. To help you select the adapter that is right for your camera, we have set up an online configurator on our website. You can also email us – ideally with attached photographs of your microscope.
Modern DSLR and system cameras offer the latest technology and are generally very well suited for microscopy applications. Most of them can be controlled remotely via PC/Mac. Because of their high sales volumes, they offer an excellent price/performance ratio compared to special-purpose microscope cameras.
Features of top DSLR and system cameras:
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 50 megapixels
- High light sensitivity (ISO 100,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 14 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second):
- Full/Ultra HD (4k) video function
- Live video capture on external monitors in ultra HD quality
In most cases, these cameras are significantly more powerful than microscope cameras with smaller sensors (1/2" or 2/3"). On our website you will find our current camera recommendations and a camera ranking which is specifically tailored to microscopy applications.
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